Charles SawtelleAcoustic Disc ACD-44
Music from Rancho de Ville
"Aragon Mill" (RA) (Listen)
Guitarist Charles Sawtelle's business card had exactly one word on it besides his name-no address or phone, just the word "Expert." In the wake of his passing, we are now blessed with Music From Rancho DeVille (ACD-44), the studio recording Charles had been passionately working on with producer Laurie Lewis.
"The Bluegrass Mystery" as he was often called, spent 20-plus years in the Hot Rize bluegrass band with Tim O'Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick. His former band mates and an array of top drawer musicians including David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Michael Doucet, Todd Phillips, Norman Blake, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Flaco Jimenez and Vassar Clements contribute to the heartfelt and soulful musical grace that make up the 16 tracks on Music From Rancho DeVille.
Hearing Charles Sawtelle's touching vocals on tracks like Woody Guthrie's "The Ranger's Command" brings back his soft, sincere speaking voice and all the passion that coexisted with his infallible good manners. Other vocal duties are given to Norman Blake on the Carter Family's "The Storms Are On The Ocean" and "Amber Tresses," and Vassar Clements delivers a craggy and tender version of Lefty Frizzell's "Mom and Dad's Waltz." Of the several instrumentals peppering this disc, the uncompromising beauty of Sawtelle's "My Life Is In Your Hands" reveals his mastery of tone and impeccable taste.
The Butcher's Dog * The Ranger's Command * The Newz Reel * The Storms Are on the Ocean * My Life Is in Your Hands * Gonna Paint the Town * Chez Seychelles * Amber Tresses * Mom and Dad's Waltz * Aragon Mill * Jolie Faye * Forsaken Love * I Will Always Love You * Grand Texas * Let's Go Home * Angel Band
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